Chum vs Astro Boy, 2002
From an edition of 50. Signed and numbered in pencil.
35 2/5 × 25 inches (90 × 63.5 cm.)
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KAWS is a multi-faceted New York-based artist and designer, ranked as a highly influential figure in the contemporary urban art scene. Starting his career in the ‘90s as a freelance animator by day and a graffiti artist by night, he is regarded as one of the most successful cross-over artists of our generation. KAWS has achieved street and gallery accreditation with his distinctive and sophisticated graphics. He is widely recognized for the repeated use of a hybrid cast of well-known cartoons, mascots, and human characters, resulting in the creation of a unique and universal visual language. Collaborating with global brands, KAWS challenges our conception of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art.
Chum vs Astro Boy depicts a fight-like-scene in which KAWS’ fan-favorite Chum character is annihilating Astro Boy, one of the most successful anime franchises of all times. The print is a sublime example of the artist’s accessible and universal imagery, able to break all language and cultural barriers. The blend of his trademark with original pop culture animations is a hallmark of KAWS’s universe, arousing a broad appeal among collectors inside and outside the art world.